Rescuing Suzy

Yesterday I found a bug on it’s back . . . struggling, and surrounded by ants. Kicking and trying to get upright; I quickly turned it over, and rescued it from being bitten to death. citrus root weevil or suzy-bug (Exophthalmus similis) This bug – with black, red, and light-green stripes, is actually the citrus root weevil [Exophthalmus similis (Drury)]. It is also known as the Jamaican citrus weevil, but in Jamaica we most times call it the Suzy bug. citrus root weevil or suzy-bug (Exophthalmus similis)The Suzy bug, though slightly beautiful, is actually a known pest to the Jamaican citrus industry. It, and other citrus root weevils cause approximately US$2 million-a-year losses on the citrus crop in Jamaica. I understand that it is really the larvae of the Jamaican citrus weevil that are responsible for the most serious damage;  they attack the main roots of citrus trees preventing the flow of mineral salts to the higher parts of the host plant. The result: reduced amounts of chlorophyll in the leaves causing them to yellow, and wilt.citrus root weevil or suzy-bug (Exophthalmus similis)While the larvae of the Jamaican citrus weevil feed on the roots of citrus plants, the adult weevils feed on citrus leaves. However, this is not their only source of food. Suzy bugs are also known to feed on the leaves of other plants such as peanuts, coco plum, tropical almond, mango, papaya, cassava, and breadfruit. citrus root weevil or suzy-bug (Exophthalmus similis)We don’t normally see many Suzy bugs around our home, but now that I know how dangerous they are, I will exterminate each one that I find.

Here are a few more photos of the Suzy bug. citrus root weevil or suzy-bug (Exophthalmus similis) citrus root weevil or suzy-bug (Exophthalmus similis) citrus root weevil or suzy-bug (Exophthalmus similis)

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